Co-Chief Executive, WME | IMG
Ari Emanuel is co-chief executive of WME | IMG. Operating in more than 25 countries, the company specializes in talent representation and management; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media production, sales, and distribution; and event management. After co-founding Endeavor in 1995, Emanuel and Co-Chief Executive Patrick Whitesell orchestrated the largest talent agency merger in history in 2009 when they partnered with William Morris to form WME. In 2014, WME united with IMG, a sports, fashion, media, and events company. Expanding its empire, WME | IMG acquired the UFC in a $4 billion deal in 2017. Emanuel is an associate member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and sits on the boards of Live Nation and L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a graduate of Macalester College.